Grant funding for debt advice in Northern Ireland 2016-19

The Money Advice Service has opened application for its three-year debt advice funding programme in Northern Ireland for 2016-2019, with up to £1 million in the first year available to potential partners. This funding means that consumers in Northern Ireland will continue to have access to high quality free debt advice across all 11 council areas which will help them get their debts under control and improve their quality of life.

The grant programme consists of two separate funding streams:

1. Community Wide Projects: Open to organisations to deliver debt advice to over-indebted people in Northern Ireland, with funding available for three years, with up to £800,000 is available in year one.

2. Thematic Projects: Open to organisations who will work to improve engagement with people in Northern Ireland who are not currently coming forward for debt advice. Funding of up to £200,000 will be available for one year from April 2016.

Both funding streams are open to applications from not-for-profit organisations, who may apply as a single applicant or may be part of a wider consortium. The Service is looking for applications under Stream 1 where the project will focus on making multi -channel advice available through working with a range of referral partners. For Stream 2 applications are sought where the project will focus on the debt advice needs of over-indebted low-income families who are either not seeking help or are seeking help but at a late stage.

The Money Advice Service will be collaborating closely with the Department for Social Development (DSD) and Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), to ensure that policy around debt advice services in Northern Ireland bests meet the needs of people in the area.

The deadline for applications for Stream 1 (Community Wide Debt Advice) is 12:00 pm on Monday 9 November 2015 and for Stream 2 (Thematic Debt Advice) the deadline is 12:00 pm on Monday 16 November 2015.

Download Guidance notes for applicants: Stream 1 (Community Wide Debt Advice) grant funding programme.

Download Guidance notes for applicants: Stream 2 (Thematic Projects) grant funding programme.

Organisations wishing to apply should register on the MAS eSourcing portal in order to access information relating to the grant programme, including application forms. This can be accessed here: